Rattlers to take on defending state champions

Rattlers running back Daniel Lopez looks downfield at his blockers as he runs the football back for
a 77-yard touchdown punt return Friday night against the Wolverines at Rattler Stadium. Tucumcari
beat the Wolverines 35-26. The Rattlers’ next game is Friday in Estancia.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer A road game can be tough on a team, even more so for the Tucumcari Rattlers when the team they are visiting is the defending 3A state champion Estancia Bears. “Estancia started out the season by beating Lovington, 32-27, an impressive start for a team coming off a championship […]

Officials want local ISC meeting

The ISC application for control of the water below the dam at Ute Lake Reservoir includes the Canadian River and the above Revuelto Creek.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Interstate Stream Commission has proposed a meeting in Albuquerque with those who are protesting its application seeking control of the water of the Canadian River and tributary sources including the Revuelto Creek below Ute Lake Reservoir. The meeting should be held in Tucumcari where water rights are affected […]

Area football teams set for home field action

Rattlers swarm and tackle Lobos wide receiver Diego Aguilar for a loss of yardage during Friday
night’s game against Escalante. Head Coach Wayne Ferguson said the Rattlers will need to continue
the physical play in their upcoming game against Texcio on Friday at Rattler Stadium.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer A battle in the trenches is what the Tucumcari Rattlers football team is expecting Friday when it hosts the 1-0 Texico Wolverines. The 0-1 Rattlers had some technical issues with their newly installed stadium lights during Friday night’s 18-0 loss to the Escalante Lobos that resulted in the game […]

Area football teams set for new season

Rattler receiver Clay Carter extends to catch the football after getting past the defenders during practice
at Rattler Stadium. The Rattlers, Longhorns and Coyotes start their seasons on Friday.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers will start the 2015-2016 season hosting the defending 2A state champion Escalante Lobos Friday night at RattlerStadium. The Lobos are as good if not better than they were last year when they won the state championship at 12-0, said Wayne Ferguson, Rattler’s head coach. Ferguson said […]

Tucumcari man arrested for attempted sexual assault of a 64-year old woman

Felix Gonzales remains in the Quay County Detention Center on a $25,000 cash bond. Gonzales was arrested Aug. 11 for the attempted sexual assault of a Tucumcari woman.

A 33-year old Tucumcari man was arrested on Aug. 11 for the attempted sexual assault of a 64-year-old woman he held captive in a vehicle on a Quay County road. Felix Gonzales is charged with two felonies; attempted criminal sexual penetration and false imprisonment. He also has been charge with misdemeanor battery. According to court […]

Residents question ISC officials

Interstate Streams Commission Director Debra
Dixon speaks to residents at Tucumcari High School
on Monday about the ISC’s application for control of
water below Ute Reservoir.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Interstate Streams Commission would not respond Monday to requests from Quay County residents, local officials and state organizations to withdraw its application for the control of the control of water in the Canadian River below the Ute Lake Reservoir dam. The main topic discussed at the hearing, conducted […]

Fair’s livestock sales earn $114,000

Shepherds’ Lead Superintendent Gigi Parker asks a question to Kaitlyn Hall. There were four contestants
in this competition. Hall placed second in the mini booster.

By Jacob Sanchez Staff Writer jsanchez@qcsunonline.com “You’ll never want to eat another hamburger again,” a man said to a passerby while waiting for the heifer show to begin during the Quay County Fair at the fairgrounds. Here come the calves into the show arena being led by their young caretakers of the past few months. […]

ISC to seek control of water

The ISC is seeking control of the water below Ute Lake Reservoir dam (above) to ensure the continued survival of the threatened Arkansas River shiner.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Local, state and school officials are urging residents to attend the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission’s public meeting to discus its application for control of water in the Canadian River below the Ute Lake Reservoir dam. At the meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m., on Aug. 17 at the Tucumcari […]

Field Day highlights center’s work

People gather on two trailers to go on a hay ride around the New Mexico State University Science
Center of Tucumcari property.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer A mixture of 50 local officials, farmers, ranchers and residents attended the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari’s annual Field Day. Mesalands Community College President Thomas Newsom and Arch Hurley Conservancy District’s Manager Franklin McCasland were among the officials attending the event. Lowell Catlett, dean emeritus […]

400 Rattler alumni descend on city

The host class of the 45th annual Rattler Reunion, Class of 1965, rides a float in Saturday's parade
proudly displaying its class sloga,n "The Biggest and The Best."

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Rattler Reunion drew 400 Tucumcari High School alumni back to the city over the weekend. On Saturday, the Golden Rattler Luncheon was held at the Tucumcari Convention Center for the alumni from the class of 1964 or earlier. This year’s attendance was the same as last year’s reunion, […]